Sunday, 29 June 2014

I WON! Fever-Tree Ginger Beer | 29th June 2014

I won Fever-Tree ginger beer from Higgidy (WS)

DATE WON: 29th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 11th July 2014


I WON! FIFA World Cup Mini Football | 29th June 2014

I won a FIFA World Cup mini football from Caring Everyday (Tesco) (TXT)

DATE WON: 29th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 6th August 2014


Saturday, 28 June 2014

I WON! FIFA World Cup Mini Football | 28th June 2014

I won a FIFA World Cup mini football from Caring Everyday (Tesco) (TXT)

DATE WON: 28th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 6th August 2014


Thursday, 26 June 2014

I WON! New York Bakery Co Bagels | 26th June 2014

I won a packet of New York Bakery Co. bagels from New York Bakery Co (WS)

DATE WON: 26th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 26th June 2014


I WON! FIFA World Cup 2014 Swirl Football | 26th June 2014

I won a FIFA World Cup 2014 swirl football from @ValentineSport (TW)

DATE WON: 26th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 28th June 2014


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

I WON! Bizzybee Sensitive Gloves | 25th June 2014

I won some sensitive gloves from Bizzybeeuk (FB)

DATE WON: 25th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 25th June 2014
I did not receive an e-mail to say I had won, so this was a nice surprise win.

I WON! Popchips Voucher | 25th June 2014

I won a Popchips voucher from Higgidy (WS)

DATE WON: 25th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 11th July 2014


I WON! FIFA World Cup Mini Football | 25th June 2014

I won a FIFA World Cup mini football from Caring Everyday (Tesco) (TXT)

DATE WON: 25th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 6th August 2014


Monday, 23 June 2014

I WON! New York Bakery Co Bagels | 23rd June 2014

I won a packet of New York Bakery Co. bagels from New York Bakery Co (WS)

DATE WON: 23rd June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 23rd June 2014


I WON! England Smootch | 23rd June 2014

I won an England Smootch from Tactus (FB)

DATE WON: 23rd June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 25th June 2014


I WON! FIFA World Cup Fuleco Mini Football | 23rd June 2014

I won a FIFA World Cup Fuleco mini football from Caring Everyday (Tesco) (TXT)

DATE WON: 23rd June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 6th August 2014


I WON! 42" Panasonic Smart TV, £50 Voucher & Hungryhouse Goodies | 23rd June 2014

I won a 42" Panasonic Smart LED TV, £50 voucher and Hungryhouse goodies from Hungryhouse (WS)

DATE WON: 23rd June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 27th June 2014


I WON! Rubis Football Pack | 23rd June 2014

I won a Rubis football pack from Rubis Chocolate Wine (FB)

DATE WON: 23rd June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 26th June 2014


I WON! Brazil Goodies | 23rd June 2014

I won Brazil goodies from Ardent (PIN)

DATE WON: 23rd June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 26th June 2014


Sunday, 22 June 2014

I WON! Rubicon Commonwealth Games Backpack | 22nd June 2014

I won a Rubicon Commonwealth Games backpack from Rubicon (WS)

DATE WON: 22nd June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 3rd July 2014


I WON! $10 Skype Credit | 22nd June 2014

I won $10 Skype credit from Skype (WS)

DATE WON: 22nd June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 22nd June 2014


I WON! New York Bakery Co Bagels | 22nd June 2014

I won a packet of New York Bakery Co. bagels from New York Bakery Co (WS)

DATE WON: 22nd June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 22nd June 2014


Friday, 20 June 2014

I WON! Beaded Necklace | 20th June 2014

I won a beaded necklace from @zoejewelcom (TW)

DATE WON: 20th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 25th June 2014


I WON! Sudoku Magazine | 20th June 2014

I won a sudoku magazine from @puzzlemagazines (TW)

DATE WON: 20th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 26th June 2014


I WON! Brazil T-Shirt | 20th June 2014

I won a Brazil t-shirt from @maryjfashion (TW)

DATE WON: 20th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 21st June 2014


I WON! Sony Xperia Z2 | 20th June 2014

I won a Sony Xperia Z2 from @Phones4u (TW)

DATE WON: 20th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 3rd July 2014


I WON! Leather Heart Keyring | 20th June 2014

I won a leather heart keyring from Scaramanga (FB)

DATE WON: 20th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 27th June 2014


Thursday, 19 June 2014

I WON! Pulled Pork Pasty | 19th June 2014

I won a pulled pork pasty from Greggs (WS)

DATE WON: 19th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 19th June 2014


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

I WON! Inside Llewyn Goodies | 18th June 2014

I won some Inside Llewyn goodies from @blinkbox (TW)

DATE WON: 18th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 20th June 2014


I WON! FIFA World Cup Fuleco Mascot | 18th June 2014

I won a FIFA World Cup Fuleco mascot from Caring Everyday (Tesco) (TXT)

DATE WON: 18th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 24th July 2014


I WON! FIFA World Cup Fuleco Keyring | 18th June 2014

I won a FIFA World Cup Fuleco keyring from Caring Everyday (Asda) (TXT)

DATE WON: 18th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 22nd July 2014


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

I WON! FIFA World Cup Fuleco Mini Football | 17th June 2014

I won a FIFA World Cup Fuleco mini football from Caring Everyday (Tesco) (TXT)

DATE WON: 17th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 6th August 2014


I WON! Beach Ball | 17th June 2014

I won a beach ball from Whitby Seafoods Ltd. (FB)

DATE WON: 17th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 19th June 2014


Monday, 16 June 2014

I WON! PG Tips Fruity Tea Samples | 16th June 2014

I won some PG Tips fruity tea samples from PG tips (FB)

DATE WON: 16th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 22nd June 2014


I WON! New York Bakery Co Bagels | 16th June 2014

I won a packet of New York Bakery Co. bagels from New York Bakery Co (WS)

DATE WON: 16th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 16th June 2014


I WON! FIFA World Cup Fuleco Keyring | 16th June 2014

I won a FIFA World Cup Fuleco keyring from Caring Everyday (Asda) (TXT)

DATE WON: 16th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 11th July 2014


I WON! Pulled Pork Pasty | 16th June 2014

I won a pulled pork pasty from Greggs (WS)

DATE WON: 16th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 16th June 2014


Sunday, 15 June 2014

I WON! Fanimal | 15th June 2014

I won a Fanimal from Peperami (TXT)

DATE WON: 15th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 11th September 2014


Saturday, 14 June 2014

I WON! New York Bakery Co Bagels | 14th June 2014

I won a packet of New York Bakery Co. bagels from New York Bakery Co (WS)

DATE WON: 14th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 14th June 2014


I WON! FIFA World Cup Fuleco Mascot | 4th June 2014

I won a FIFA World Cup Fuleco mascot from Caring Everyday (Tesco) (TXT)

DATE WON: 14th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 11th July 2014


I WON! Fanimal | 14th June 2014

I won a Fanimal from Peperami (TXT)

DATE WON: 14th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 11th September 2014


Instant Win & Daily Entry Competitions

Hello fellow compers :) I thought I'd compile a list of instant win competitions and daily entry competitions for you all - if you spot any I don't have, please leave me a comment and let me know so I can add it :)

FACEBOOK INSTANT WINS
E: 27/06/2014 - Florette
E: 16/07/2014 - Oxo
E: 20/07/2014 - Pink Lady
E: 30/07/2014 - Boost Drinks
E: 30/09/2014 - Echo Falls (code: 574)
E: UNKNOWN - Ecover
E: UNKNOWN - Bourjois

FACEBOOK DAILY ENTRY
E: 26/06/2014 - PG Tips
E: 14/07/2014 - Lidl
E: 31/07/2014 - Bosch DIY & Garden
E: 31/08/2014 - Fruitella
E: 01/09/2014 - Hardys Wine
E: UNKNOWN - Wonga Friday
E: UNKNOWN - Peachy Loans

WEBSITE INSTANT WINS
E: 06/07/2014 - Big & Footy
E: 13/07/2014 - Betfair
E: 13/07/2014 - Churchill
E: 15/07/2014 - Le Rustique De Printemps
E: 23/07/2014 - Freederm
E: 31/07/2014 - Wychwood (answer: 1972)
E: 31/07/2014 - New York Bakery Co (code: 5020364010144)
E: 03/09/2014 - Higgidy
E: 30/09/2014 - Honey Monster (code: AH7x4TR6)
E: 30/09/2014 - Tyrrells Crisps
E: 31/12/2014 - Jennings Brewery
E: 31/12/2014 - Dorset Cereals
E: UNKNOWN - Kallo
E: UNKNOWN - Belvoir Fruit Farms
E: UNKNOWN - Banks's Beer
E: UNKNOWN - Biscuiteers
E: UNKNOWN - Yeo Valley
E: UNKNOWN - Clipper

WEBSITE DAILY ENTRY
E: 21/06/2014 - PieMinster
E: 30/06/2014 - Telegraph Moet & Chandon (answer: they have to sleep in a tent)
E: 30/06/2014 - Glamour (answer: Angelina Jolie)
E: 30/06/2014 - House & Garden (answer: Sophia Loren)
E: 03/07/2014 - Skype
E: 13/07/2014 - Argos
E: 30/09/2014 - Kettle Chips (code: 9027)
E: UNKNOWN - V8 Fruit & Veg Machine
E: UNKNOWN - Nestle
E: UNKNOWN - Telegraph Dacia
E: UNKNOWN - Watches2U

BLIPPAR INSTANT WINS (You need to download the Blippar app on your phone/tablet)
E: 31/07/2014 - Magners (blip this) or purchase a bottle of Magners Original, Magners Pear or Magners Berry and blipp the Magners logo
E: UNKNOWN - JuiceBurst purchase a bottle of JuiceBurst and blipp the fruit symbol on the label

TXT MSG DAILY ENTRY
E: 30/06/2014 - Peperami, txt FANIMAL to 66644 (charged at standard network tariff)
E: 16/07/2014 - Asda Caring Everyday, txt FOOTBALL to 66644 (charged at standard network tariff)
E: 16/07/2014 - Tesco, txt GOAL to 66644 (charged at standard network tariff)

Friday, 13 June 2014

I WON! Diary Of A Wimpy Kid | 13th June 2014

I won Diary Of A Wimpy Kid from @sunplusperks (TW)

DATE WON: 13th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 16th June 2014


I WON! Fanimal | 13th June 2014

I won a Fanimal from Peperami (TXT)

DATE WON: 13th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 11th September 2014


Thursday, 12 June 2014

I WON! $10 Skype Credit | 12th June 2014

I won $10 Skype credit from Skype (WS)

DATE WON: 12th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 12th June 2014


Tuesday, 10 June 2014

I WON! The Pigman | 10th June 2014

I won The Pigman from @Harper360UK (TW)

DATE WON: 10th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 12th June 2014


GUIDE TO COMPING: Twitter

As part of my blog transition from a personal blog to keep track of my wins (formerly Another Win For Me) to a full on comping blog (I Want To Win), I am going to be writing some comping related posts that you will hopefully all find useful and my first is this one about entering competitions on Twitter.

I'm hoping this guide will provide useful, tips & tricks for those that are new to entering competitions on Twitter as well as helping to dismiss a few myths for those who are veterans on Twitter.

Well, obviously you need a Twitter account to enter competitions - sign up is quick and easy and free. I don't think I need to go into further details, but just leave a comment should you need any further help at this stage.

Now, onto how to actually enter a competition on Twitter...

Well, firstly, you have to find competitions to enter. When I started on Twitter competitions back in 2010, it was simply because I came across a few in December (advents) by accident and got entering them. I used to search for Twitter terms such as "win" and "competition" to find competitions to enter. Twitter is where I started comping. To search for competitions, just type in your search on Twitter like this:


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Then I began to notice people who regularly entered competitions. I started following them on Twitter to find competitions. You can do this too. I enter lots of competitions - feel free to follow me on Twitter @XFilesFanaticus to help you find competitions:

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My husband, Paul made a site a couple of years ago called Twitaculous - we list literally hundreds of Twitter competitions on the site every week and it is updated on a daily basis with new competitions. All competitions can be entered directly from the site and you can also keep track of the items you would most like to win in your Watch List will help you find them and retweet them more frequently. You will need to occasionally check your DMs (direct messages) and @ mentions on Twitter to check for wins, however.


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Unless specifically stated as one entry only, you can RT (retweet) the competition more than once. You can do this by typing something along the lines of "RT @name: copy & paste original competition tweet here" or you can use Twitaculous to do this for you. After your original RT, future RTs of the same competition will show up as a copy & paste RT as shown above.

Now, most importantly, how to enter a competition once you find one... It's quite simple really, you just hit the retweet button like this:


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Virtually all of the competitions you enter will also require that you follow the account of the company/person giving away the prize - do this in the same way as I showed you earlier how to follow other compers.

I think that pretty much covers how to find and enter competitions. Now for a few key things to remember:

1. Twitter has a limit on the amount of people/companies you can follow. By default, this is set to 2,000. Once you have followed 2,000 people, you will not be able to follow any more - that is unless you exceed 2,000 people who follow you in return - lots of companies will follow you back, so this helps, you can also ask fellow compers to follow you as well ( don't be offended if they say no, remember they have a following limit too, so they may want to save their last valuable follows to enter a competition).

2. If you tweet too often, you risk getting put in 'Twitter Jail' - this means that you will not be able to tweet or retweet for a set amount of time as determined by Twitter. It seems to vary - anything from 10 minutes up to a few hours before the 'jail sentence' is lifted. Try to limit yourself when it comes to entering to avoid ending up in jail. There is no trigger limit on the amount of tweets that causes you to be sent to jail as far as I know, it is just when Twitter deems that you have tweeted too many in a certain amount of time. Particularly, with a new Twitter account, you need to go easy and not get carried away as Twitter's tolerance threshold seems a lot lower and is likely to get your account suspended rather than sent to jail. If you are suspended, you will not be able to log in, tweet, retweet, send DMs or read @ mentions at all - your account will not be useable. You can appeal your suspended account, and most are re-instated within a few days, but all the time you are suspended, you could be missing out on wins, so it is important you try not to get too carried away. This goes for veteran Twitter compers too, it's not just new accounts that get suspended, I've been suspended a few times myself for tweeting too much (oops!) and have had to contact Twitter to get my account re-instated. So my warning to you is take it easy - particularly if you are new to Twitter - go reasonably slow and if possible, try to include some original (non-retweeted) tweets too.

Now, to dispel some myths. It is common to hear compers on Twitter (even those who are veterans and really should know better) saying "don't RT my competition tweets as this will disqualify me" - this is complete and utter rubbish!! Whilst it is annoying getting notifications whenever someone retweets one of your retweets, it in no way renders the original retweeters retweet as invalid...

Basically, if you retweet a competition (as I showed you earlier), people can see your RT - you have retweeted the original competition post and if someone is looking at your timeline/feed and spots the competition, they can click RT on it too - all this does is also enters them into the competition as they too will be retweeting the original competition post as tweeted by the promoter. If you click on the original competition post from the company/promoter and click on 'RETWEETS', you can see who has retweeted - you will see that both yours and the person who also retweeted it from your accounts RTs are both there, and you have not been disqualified as the rumour would have you believe. However, if someone RTs your copy & paste RT you've done, this will not enter them into the competition. It won't render your c&p (copy & paste) RT as invalid though.


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Pay attention to where a competition is based - lots of people click anything & everything that says win and then seem surprised when they can't have their win - chances are, if the company running the competition is based in the USA/Canada/Australia/China/Ireland etc., you aren't going to get the prize if you are picked as the winner! Lots of competitions state their terms & conditions, but sadly there are lots that don't either which doesn't help things, but you can help yourself - if there are terms & conditions, READ them, if there are no terms, have a quick look at their profile and check they are UK based before entering. This will save you and them time and effort!

I hope you find this guide useful, if there is anything I've missed or you're unsure about, leave a comment and I'll reply to you as soon as possible :)

Monday, 9 June 2014

I WON! PG Tips Fruity Tea Samples | 9th June 2014

I won some PG Tips fruity tea samples from PG tips (FB)

DATE WON: 9th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 14th June 2014


I WON! Sippy Cup | 9th June 2014

I won a sippy cup from @kiddidrop (TW)

DATE WON: 9th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 12th June 2014


I WON! Fanimal | 9th June 2014

I won a Fanimal from @Peperami (TW)

DATE WON: 9th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 12th June 2014


Saturday, 7 June 2014

I WON! Fanimal | 7th June 2014

I won a Fanimal from Peperami (TXT)

DATE WON: 7th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 23rd June 2014


Friday, 6 June 2014

I WON! £100 Cash | 6th June 2014

I won £100 cash from Wonga.com (FB)

DATE WON: 6th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 21st June 2014


I WON! Talking Ben | 6th June 2014

I won a Talking Ben from @TradeDetectives (TW)

DATE WON: 6th June 2014
DATE RECEIVED: 14th June 2014